They are led by Tim Crowther (a guitar demon), and they aim to terrorize the neighborhood with old-school pyrotechnics. Refusal To Comply is a Lancaster bomber from the age of Phantom Jets. It’s an oily, clanking hulk, armed with enough early Mahavishnu and King Crimson licks to blow a flight full of Guitar Institute wangbar widdlers into smithereens. This is electric jazz-rock in the English way, with only the guitar synth as company. It’s noisy, indulgent and overly enthusiastic, and was recorded at London’s Pathway Studios, the home of punk. Algy Ward, the bassist, was actually once part of the Damned. But it’s more the Johnny McLaughlin obsessions of Crowther, drummer Steve Clarke, and the Billy Cobham obsessions that make this a powerful barrage. It also exposes a love for 70’s progressive era tunes like “School Cook Forced To Eat His Own Custard.” from

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